Tips for Maintaining Granite Flooring
Granite tile is a type of polished stone that gives any room a beautiful and elegant look. But while it’s durable and not susceptible to wear and tear, it tends to be quite expensive. Thus, it’s important to maintain it properly to keep it in great condition for years to come. Here are some tips on how to do so from experts in granite flooring in the Dallas area.
Why is Granite a Good Flooring Material?
Granite is an igneous rock that comes in many different natural patterns and colors, like black, amber, brown, green, blue, red, and more—giving each home or office a unique appeal. Since it’s such a tough material, it’s a great flooring option, especially in areas of high foot traffic. Furthermore, it’s resistant to heat, scratches, mold and mildew growth, and stains, so it isn’t difficult or tedious to maintain.
Tips on Caring for Granite Flooring
While it’s low-maintenance, granite still requires proper care, just like any other types of flooring, in order to keep its radiant and shiny appearance. It goes without saying that some parts of your floors handle people walking on them all the time, like hallways, living rooms, and kitchens, while other parts, such as corners, may accumulate dust and grime over time. Other parts, such as the area in front of the sink or refrigerator, may be prone to constant spilling.
Here are some tips for maintaining your granite flooring:
- Have a granite flooring expert re-apply sealant every year.
- Put mats in front of front doors for people to wipe their feet on. This reduce the amount of mud and dirt that gets onto your floor.
- Wipe all spills immediately. Leaving even the smallest spills of coffee, wine, soda, or even water for too long may cause staining.
- Sweep and/or mop up any trace of crumbs and other food particles, mud, fur, and other kinds of dirt to prevent these particles from collecting.
- Dust or dry-mop your granite tiles daily. Make sure to clean the corners to keep dirt and grime from accumulating.
- You can use warm water to erase spots, then wipe it off with dry cloth.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners or other rough material for wiping. These can leave scratch marks on the surface.
- It’s always best to use approved granite cleaning solutions. Don’t use bleach, detergent, ammonia, or other chemicals to clean your tiles.
- Use granite polish to keep the surface clean and shiny.
- Check the edges for any signs of cracks or chipping.
- If there’s a large portion that looks discolored, then have a professional cleaner handle it so that your floor isn’t damaged.
Remember that sealant is extremely important for your granite tiles because it keeps moisture from seeping through, thus protecting your floor. It also makes your flooring easier to clean and scrub, preventing allergens and microbes from collecting.
If you have questions on how to properly clean your stone flooring, or if you want to know what type of cleaning solution is right for your flooring, contact Toscana Remodeling. You can also call us if you’re thinking of remodeling your home or office and having new flooring installed.